Due to intuitive eating’s rise in popularity over the last few years, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of it before. Perhaps you’ve seen a personal trainer dismiss intuitive eating as an excuse to gorge on junk food and never exercise. Or maybe you’ve read a blog post from a nutrition coach heralding intuitive eating as an amazing weight-loss method.
No matter how the phrase came into your vocabulary, it’s likely that you’re confused about what exactly intuitive eating is and whether or not you should care.
Intuitive eating is a non-diet approach to eating and living that centers on eating in a way that makes you feel good (as opposed to eating to look a certain way).
Where a diet might say, “This diet is the answer to your problems,” intuitive eating would say, “You have all the answers you need inside of you already.” The practice of intuitive eating teaches you how to tune into your body’s innate wisdom around food and movement to figure out what and when you should be eating.
The idea of using your intuition to guide your eating may seem scary, confusing, or downright ridiculous. But remember, we were all born intuitive eaters. As children, we ate with curiosity and interest. We asked for food when we were hungry, and we refused to eat any more when we were full. We ate the foods we enjoyed while ignoring the ones we didn’t (much to our caregivers’ frustration).
It was only when we were indoctrinated into a culture of dieting and body obsession that we started to make decisions about our eating based on external factors instead of internal ones. So the basis of intuitive eating is more familiar than you think, and it’s something you can work your way back to with practice and patience.
[You can read the rest of this article, published on Girls Gone Strong, right HERE.]